Transgender comedienne's two Salford characters
Salford-born trans-gender comedienne Holly Hutchinson will be presenting Meet The Stevens, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July at Bandit Mugger and Thief on Canal Street, Manchester.
Meet The Stevens is a solo show written by Holly featuring two sisters - Jennifer & Sophie G Stevens, who live two very different lives. Jennifer is educated and a Nobel Prize winner. Sophie G is a reality TV wannabe.
"It's classy versus sassy. The first character is one that I know works. She's the one that os closest to me, a tamer version of me, a bit politically correct and quiet. The second character is a real risk. I've never done her before."
Born at Hope Hospital, Holly went to school in Worsley, before going to Manchester College and graduated in aviation technology at the University of Salford in 2012.
"I got a pilot's licence out of it. I work for a consultancy where we do work for Rolls Royce, Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover.
"I didn't come out until year and a half ago. I think I was over compensating because I was in denial. I felt I had to be very macho and in your face aggressive. When I came out, some of my friends said 'yeah, we knew'. My work colleagues have been very supportive."
Holly, who is six foot 4in and nearly seven foot in heels, came out to her mum when she was 19, just before she went to university, but she had been dressing up since he was three-years-old.
"I'm an only child. It was all my mum's dresses. Whenever they went out of the house, I would go in my mum's wardrobe and try her clothes on. I couldn't do her heels because I am a size 11 and she's about a size six. There were a few occasions when I nearly got caught.
"It took me about 18 months to get an appointment with the NHS. I'm currently on my hormones and I've been on those for six months. It will be about a year and a half before I even consider surgery. I'm still very much in the phase of 'let's see how things go because I may not want the surgery.'
"Since my transition I've noticed that I enjoy being on stage. While I'm mortgage free and kids free, now is the time to go for it. I deliver something that is unique. I'm not a drag queen. I'm not an Eddie Izzard. I don't fit any of the categories. I've very much got a niche.
"Some of my best friends are in a rock band so I am quite lucky, wherever they go I get to open up for them.
"I've started arial silks as well, which has been a lifelong ambition. I seem to have taken to that really naturally. I just love life at the minute and I'm doing Edinburgh Fringe as well."
Holly's story has caught the attention of Channel 4 who are filming her story for a series to be broadcast in 2019.
"They are filming the full spectrum, not just the traditional stereotypes. Here's this person and their life and what they are going through, medically, financially, career wise, family life, over two years."
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story published on Fri, 31 Mar 2017
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